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Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

513 Ewart Ave, Beckley, WV 25801-3414
+1 304-256-1747
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Very interesting to go into a real coal mine (from days gone by) and get a better understanding of... read more

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fancietail
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Crab Orchard WV
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It really gave a glimpse into the lives of miners past and present. The museum was interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
MirolgaTumen
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Beckley, West Virginia
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As the focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal Mine, the Rahall Company Store, Mine Museum and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia draw thousands of people to the area annually. The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and tasks of past and present day miners. In addition to the Mine, one can tour the Mine Museum and the period coal camp situated throughout the grounds. Lovingly restored, the Coal Company House, Superintendent’s Home, Pemberton Coal Camp Church, and the Helen Coal Camp School, give visitors a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life. Adjacent to the Exhibition Mine, the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia is open to the public year round. The central exhibit area features an average of three different interactive exhibits yearly. Group tours include a visit to the Museum’s Planetarium. Behind the Museum’s main building, stands the Mountain Homestead. Developed to enrich history studies, guides tell the stirring story West Virginian’s hearty pioneer settlers as they interpret the restored log cabin, one room schoolhouse, barn, weaver’s shed, general store, moonshine still and blacksmith shop.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting to go into a real coal mine (from days gone by) and get a better understanding of what goes on underground.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

It really gave a glimpse into the lives of miners past and present. The museum was interesting. The children's museum was small but sufficient. The old structures were nicely appointed with period pieces. Nice gift shop. Unusual and worth the visit

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

My sister and I and my daughter (10 y/o) and niece (11 y/o) thoroughly enjoyed this experience! Learning history with hands-on experiences. Taking the tour made me aware of things I had never considered, and gave me a real appreciation for the coal miners.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

This was my first time at this event and I am a local. I had never heard of it before and saw the event on social media. My family of 3 decided to go on the first ngiht they held it and it was amazing....More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

We found this place on the WV state website and thought it would be a neat place to stop on our way to PA. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. The kids loved riding on the mine cart & learning how hard it was...More

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Just happen to see this, and went in. Great underground mine tour, lead by 'retired/laid off' coal miners - so you could ask them detailed questions and get real answers. Above ground = Representative homes and buildings, furnished, and staffed by volunteers. Get a feel...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

When they’re with friends! We really enjoyed it and it was very educational. Staff was extremely friendly and professional. Great family fun! Would recommend and go again.

Thank Brian S
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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

This was a fun and educational visit. Seeing how the coal miners lived and going into an actual mine was pretty cool. Parking was super easy, timing for tours gives you time to walk around and see all the other exhibits. It was definitely a...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

While on vacation to WV for our family reunion we visited the Exhibition Coal Mine jn Beckley. Loved the coal town and museum. People were so friendly and entertaining. When we entered the mine it was a breathtaking journey back in time to when the...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the mine camp as well as the guided tour through the mine. Our tour guide, a former miner himself, gave us lots of insight to what life in the mines were like. What a tough job!

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Sorry about early answer my mind was on Wall Drug in South Dakota. No they start charging at the age of 4
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The main building is definitely up to ADA code and so are the sidewalks to all the outbuildings. I honestly did not notice if the little tram going down into the coal mine had a special wheelchair car on it or not. I would... More
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I agree with Kim. I would also recommend an extra blanket for the baby.
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